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Why is it important to study history?explain your answer. 

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tzh9696 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2009 at 11:27 PM via web

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Why is it important to study history?

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM (Answer #2)

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It is important to study history so one may learn about past human behavior that is relevant to the intellectual growth and development of an individual.  Studying the events of the past give us an understanding of how the world came to be, not only in your world but around the world including all cultures of people as well as nature. By learning about the causes and effects of events in history, people can learn better ways to deal with conflict among nations and individuals. Studying the history of environmental changes can enhance a healthier lifestyle for mankind, as well as prevent the extinction of plants and animals, which could disturb our ecosystems.  Although human behavior is unpredictable at times, a better understanding through the study of history, can provide valuable insight for our future generations.

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jillyfish | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM (Answer #3)

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Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM (Answer #4)

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I believe the single most important reason to study history is that history teaches us to 'think'. Whether it is American, European, military, art, ancient, modern, religious, archaeological, etc. history enables us to contemplate the experiences that came before us. It is true that history is the record of our past, however I think history is more than time and place. History allows us to 'think' about the greatest question humanity has ever asked.....WHY? Finish the question any way you want. Studying history allows humanity to look at its own reflection. We can embrace the reflection (good and bad ) and be stronger for it, or turn away from our reflection denying we ever existed at all. Which perspective do you THINK humanity has a better chance of survival with?????

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inaamethyst | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 11, 2009 at 3:39 AM (Answer #5)

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I'd like to share my opinion for the question why is it important to study history.

It is important to study history

-It keeps us aware on how our ancestors lived during their time, on how they managed their living.During their time,there's no any machines that they can use like us now.

-It gives us information on how a person came to be,or how a thing started.

-If we do not have history,our mind will be conscious on how God created us,how did our nation came to be,or what's the reason of God why He created us,why are we here now?

Those questions and so many more are not going to be answered without history. 

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted June 11, 2009 at 6:13 AM (Answer #6)

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The most obvious reason is so that we don't make the same mistakes in the past and are able to avoid them by choosing more postive courses of action. It is almost as if we are doomed to destroy ourselves.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM (Answer #7)

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The main reason to study history is so that you find out all of the facts for yourself. If you don't study history, you won't know when someone is misleading you. People always have their own version of the facts. It's important that you know for yourself.
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Yojana_Thapa | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM (Answer #8)

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It is crucial to study history because history is the answer for how this world came to be. History teaches us lessons learned from previous mistakes. It teaches us what this country should do and shouldn't do. Because we know the consequences already. This says it all, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

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parama9000 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM (Answer #9)

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It allows for people to thunk and question whether one's culture's actions ethical,  moral etc.

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parama9000 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:23 AM (Answer #10)

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Sorry it is think and question.

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